2004 Season


League games:

Week One
Dwyer 57, Ajax 0
Sinclair 22, Uxbridge 13
Bowmanville 12, Eastdale 12
Pickering 30, Pine Ridge 7
Notre Dame 34, Richardson 13
St. Mary 45, Dunbaton 7

Week Two 
Dwyer 27, Bowmanville 13
Uxbridge 27, Ajax 0
Eastdale 20, Sinclair 14
Pine Ridge 20, Dunbaton 14
St. Marys 29, Notre Dame 7
Pickering 42, Richardson 0

Week Three 
Sinclair 48, Ajax 7
Dwyer 14, Eastdale 0
Bowmanville 13, Uxbridge 3
Dunbaton 25, Richardson 19
St. Mary 31, Pine Ridge 19
Pickering 29, Notre Dame 0

Week Four 
Dwyer 25, Sinclair 13
Eastdale 14, Uxbridge 3
Bowmanville 20, Ajax 12
Pine Ridge 21, Richardson 12
Notre Dame 17, Dunbaton 7
Pickering 41, St. Mary 7

Week Five 
Bowmanville 21, Sinclair 19
Dwyer 34, Uxbridge 3
Eastdale 46, Ajax 0
St. Mary 28, Richardson 19
Pickering 21, Dunbaton 0
Pine Ridge 27, Notre Dame 3


Final Standings

East Division

School Won Lost Tied For Against Points
Paul Dwyer 5 0 0 157 29 10
Eastdale 3 1 1 92 43 7
Bowmanville 3 1 1 79 73 7
Sinclair 2 3 0 116 86 4
Uxbridge 1 4 0 49 83 2
Ajax 0 5 0 19 198 0

West Division

School Won Lost Tied For Against Points
Pickering 5 0 0 163 14 10
St. Mary 4 1 0 140 93 8
Pine Ridge 3 2 0 105 84 6
Notre Dame 2 3 0 61 105 4
Dunbarton 1 4 0 53 122 2
Richardson 0 5 0 57 161 0

Eastdale 9, Bowmanville 0
Pickering 25, Notre Dame 0
Paul Dwyer defeated Sinclair
St. Mary 24, Pine Ridge 3

Pickering 30, Eastdale 0
St. Mary 24, Paul Dwyer 8

Bronze Medal Game (played between losers of semi-final)
Paul Dwyer 10,  Eastdale 3

Championship Game
Pickering 30, St. Mary 13

Post Season Play

Metro Bowl Semi-finals
Pickering 18, Northern Red Knights 10

Metro Bowl
St. Michaels College Kerry Blues 22, Pickering 15



Press Recaps

Championship Game: Pickering News Advertiser; Al Rivett; November 16th

John Martini was reticent to discuss the future for his Pickering High School Trojans after Saturday's Durham Region football final; he was having too much fun in the present.

The Trojan coach's immediate plan is a Metro Bowl semifinal game against the Northern Secondary School Red Knights of Toronto at St. Michael's College School in Toronto on Saturday at 2 p.m. Pickering High earned a date with the Red Knights after dethroning the five- time Durham Region senior football champion St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Monarchs in the final on Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans savoured their first Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics (LOSSA) title of the new decade, taking advantage of Monarch offensive miscues and a smothering defensive effort that kept St. Mary pivot Erik Glavic off balance en route to a tidy 30- 13 victory. The title game was played in front of a large, vocal crowd at the Oshawa Civic Stadium.

Although the Red Knights represent the Trojans' future, Martini points out there's a gridiron past between Pickering High and Northern Secondary, including a loss to the Red Knights by a field goal in the Metro Bowl in the early '90s. And, like Martini, Northern is coached by a former University of Toronto Varsity Blues' player.

"It will be good to see old friends," says Martini, with just a tinge of irony in his voice.

Outside of knowing the Red Knights like to run the ball, much like the Trojans, Martini could offer little insight into what the Durham champion Trojans (7-0) will face against the Toronto District Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TDSSAA) Tier One football champion (9-0).

A short two seasons ago, Pickering High didn't field a football team in the senior division and, in 2003, a short-staffed Trojans' senior squad was embarrassed by the Monarchs in the playoff quarter- finals. But, in 2004, the Pickering High senior club resembles the Trojans of the late '80s and early '90s - a well-balanced team that mixes a strong running game with outstanding defence.

In Saturday's game, the fired-up Trojans left no doubt they were on a mission to put an end to the Monarchs reign. They did it with a blitzing defence that forced Glavic into bad decisions, resulting in four interceptions. The Trojan offence was also sharp, although it was whistled for 12 penalties, with quarterback Darren McCloy effectively using all the weapons at his disposal.

"We were aggressive (on defence), but we did make a mental mistake on their first score, which never should have happened, but it did. St. Mary's offence adjusted and capitalized on our one breakdown. It could have been difficult for us to shake, but we came back. Offensively, I thought we did well other than penalties. If it wasn't for penalties, I thought the score could have been more one- sided," says Martini.

"I'm very proud of our team. From last year to this year has been an amazing turnaround. They have a good attitude and hopefully we can carry this into next week."

St. Mary head coach Enzo Antonucci, who took over from Gordon Judges this season, noted his Monarchs beat themselves with the turnovers. He applauded the effort and intensity the Trojans brought to the game.

"Hats off to them, they're a great football team. We worked hard, but I think we shot ourselves in the foot sometimes, but they gave it their all. They tried to catch up," says Antonucci.

The Trojans took the lead early and never relinquished it. On their opening series, covering five plays and 68 yards, a third- down-and-three gamble paid off. Coming out of the backfield, Troy Seivwright-Adams caught a McCloy pass in the flat and raced 34 yards down the right sidelines to the end zone.

Later in the first quarter, Mohammed Khawaja booted a 13-yard field goal to give the Trojans a 9-0.

In the opening minute of the second quarter, the Monarchs' Andrew Morrill hooked up with Glavic on a pass down the middle of the field for a 21-yard touchdown. Glavic was good on the convert to cut Pickering High's lead to 9-7.

With 1:44 remaining in the second quarter, McCloy found Shawn Walker all alone at the 10-yard line for a 34-yard touchdown. Khawaja's convert was good to put the Trojans in front 16-7. Seconds later, Glavic was picked off by Dylan Lock at the St. Mary 30-yard line. Four plays later, McCloy's 10-yard pass found tight end Hassan Hazime at the one-yard line, with Hazime rolling in to the end zone for the major. Another Khawaja convert put the Trojans in command 23- 7 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, the backbreaker for St. Mary came early in the fourth. Running back Adrian Charles ran off tackle and was greeted by plenty of daylight, rambling 100 yards for the touchdown. Khawaja's convert put Pickering High up 30-7.

St. Mary's final touchdown came midway through the final quarter, with wide receiver Aaron Racioppa catching a two-yard pass from Glavic in the end zone. The two-point convert attempt was stopped.

The game's most valuable players were Seivwright-Adams for Pickering High and Racioppa for St. Mary.

"I like it, but I didn't expect it, says Seivwright-Adams, who gave kudos to the defence for giving the offence good field position and to the offensive line for opening up holes for him and his backfield mates to run through.

Charles, feeling no lingering effects from a leg injury that's limited his time on the field in the last two games, notes it's a special feeling to knock off the Monarchs. He's hoping that winning feeling will continue Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to it," says Charles. "It's the first time I've ever been to the Metro Bowl. This is where it's at."

NOTES: Glavic was named the LOSSA MVP for the 2004 season... The Monsignor Paul Dwyer Saints won the battle of Oshawa in the LOSSA senior 'B' final game played prior to the 'A' final. Dwyer defeated the Eastdale Collegiate Eagles 10-3.




League games:
Week One
Holy Trinity 40, Denis O'Connor 6
Holy Trinity: Matt Raco 3TD; Mark Visser 2TD; Dan McCarthy TD; Corey McKinnon 2 2PtC

Week Two
Paul Dwyer 55, Holy Trinity 26
Holy Trinity: Dan McCarthy 3TD; Mike Nicholas TD

Week Three
Uxbridge 35, Holy Trinity 28 (Exhibition)
Holy Trinity: Dan McCarthy 3TD; Corey McKinnon TD

October 15th
Holy Trinity 66, Wilson 55
Holy Trinity: Dan McCarthy 3TD, Matt Raco 3TD, Mark Visser 2TD, Mark Neal TD, Corey McKinnon TD
Wilson: Jamal Darius 6TD

Week Five
Holy Trinity 28, Bowmanville 13
Holy Trinity: Dan McCarthy 2TD; Matt Raco TD; Corey McKinnon TD

Paul Dwyer 39, Eastdale 7

Week Six
Eastdale 33, Holy Trinity 6
Eastdale: Peter McDougall 2TD; Alex Bruce TD; Matt Chang TD; Julian Leibregts TD; Jesse MacPherson 3C
Holy Trinity: Matt Raco TD

Final Standings (Unofficial)

East Division
Paul Dwyer 4-0
Eastdale 3-1
Holy Trinity

West Division
Uxbridge 4-0
Denis O'Connor
Pine Ridge

Quarter-finals (losers advance to Tier II playdowns)
Friday, November 5th
Eastdale 33, Holy Trinity 27 (Double OT)
Eastdale: Sam Roberts 2TD, Alex Bruce TD, Connor Thornhill TD; Peter McDougall TD, 3C
Holy Trinity: Matt Raco 3TD; Dan McCarthy TD, 2ptC; Dan Livesley, S
Uxbridge 46, Pickering 12
Uxbridge: Brandon Irwin 4TD; Andrew Cowper TD, 4C; Doug Blakemore TD; Taylor McKeown TD
Pickering: Ben Jankowski TD; Alex Ko, TD

Paul Dwyer 26, Donald Wilson 13
Paul Dwyer: Ed Ruttle 2TD; Byron Lott TD; Brad Zochodne TD; Wade Byrne 2C
Donald Wilson: Daniel Shepherd TD; Jamal Darius TD; Rashad LaTouche C

Tier II Semi-finals
Tuesday, November 9th
Wilson 56, Denis O'Connor 14
Holy Trinity 15, Pickering 0 (default)

Tier II Championship Game
Holy Trinity 48, Wilson 28
Holy Trinity: Matt Raco 4TD

Tier I Semi-finals
Tuesday, November 9th
Eastdale 40, Uxbridge 15
Eastdale: Peter McDougall, 2TD, 4C; Zanth JarvisTD; Broddy Hanson TD; Alex Bruce TD; Julian LiebregtsTD
Andrew Cowper TD, C; Brandon King TD
Paul Dwyer 43, Dunbarton 0

Championship Game
Paul Dwyer 49,  Eastdale 28

Post Season Play
November 16th
Paul Dwyer 27,  Centennial (Belleville) 6 Junior Metro Bowl Quarter-final

November 23rd
St. Michaels (Toronto) defeated Paul Dwyer - Junior Metro Bowl Semi-final


Junior League MVP was Matt Raco.  Other nominees for the award were: Liam Berry, Pickering; Adam Burke, Dunbarton; Jamal Darius, Wilson; Brandon Irwin, Uxbridge; Byron Lott, Dwyer; Rob O'Shea, Bowmanville; Dan Radmore, Dennis O'Connor; Sam Roberts, Eastdale; Andrew Spence, Dennis O'Connor; and Brandon Wood, Dennis O'Connor.